How to Waterproof Outdoor Furniture {the EASY way!}

Did you know we live in a tropical jungle?

Seriously.

My hometown gets around 50 inches of rain a year.  That’s some serious damage potential to my outdoor furniture.

Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

Do you remember these awesome industrial spools we found and turned into a patio table?  You can get the full step-by-step instructions here.  Suffice it to say that I was very interested in making sure we protected our awesome new spool tables, so I did extensive research to find out how to waterproof outdoor furniture.

Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

And let me tell you how pumped I was to find out I could do so with nothing more than an little index finger action. 😉

Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

No really, the folks at Thompson’s Water Seal were kind enough to let me try their new aerosol water seal* to waterproof our tables, and it has been wonderful.

Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

I started by turning our spool table upside down and giving it one good coat according to the directions.  Then I turned it right side up and gave another.  One extra coat on the top and I was done.

Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

Be sure to leave the proper drying time in between coats, but the beauty is that each coat only takes a couple of minutes.  And our tables have held up beautifully.  You can see how well the water is repelled even a few months (and a VERY wet few months at that) after we applied the seal.

Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

And just for comparison, here is what happens when your table is not sealed.  See how the water soaked right into the wood?  That will quickly cause rot, swelling, discoloration, and more.

Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

Our gorgeous new stamped concrete and antique brick patio (get the full tour here) deserves better, don’t you think?

Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

Do you have any outdoor furniture that needs protecting this spring?  Try some aerosol sealer* yourself and let me know how you like it! :)

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Easiest way to waterproof outdoor wood furniture ever! maisondepax.com

Disclosure: I was compensated for my review of Thompson’s Water Seal, but as always, all opinions are entirely my own.  See my full disclosure policy here.
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Comments

  1. Dana Keener says:

    I love this! It’s so easy! Do you think this would work on painted “furniture”? We have an old painted door that we made into a table. I don’t want to spend the money to put tempered glass on top of it and thought about just putting something on it to protect it (at least somewhat) from moisture, etc. Thanks for any input!

    Dana

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Hi Dana,
      So sorry for the slow reply! I’m not sure how I lost this comment… but my apologies. Unfortunately, the product is made to soak into raw wood; that’s what allows it to actually waterproof the material. Any existing finish will keep it from penetrating and preclude its effectiveness. But it is SO easy to use; next time you’ve got an unpainted wood piece, I’d definitely recommend it! Hope this helps. :)
      Rachel

  2. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I will try it and see, thanks Rachel.

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